Raiders All-Decade Team: Offense
As the decade comes to an end its time to select an All-Decade team, for "The Team of the Decades". Even though it may be the worst decade the organization has ever seen. I know the decade isn't officially over, but I'm pretty confident JaMarcus isn't going to make a big push for QB of the decade. I'm sure you guys will have plenty of arguments, so feel free to voice your opinion Raider Nation.
Quarterback: Rich Gannon
No brainer. Rich came to Oakland in '99 and won the MVP in 2002. In his first four years with the team he threw for over 3,400 yards each year, 4,689 in 2002 when he led the team to the Super Bowl, and was league MVP. Rich brought a whole new attitude to Oakland, one that has been missing ever since he left. He was also selected to the Pro-Bowl '00-'02 earning the MVP of the game twice. His career in Silver and Black wasn't all peaches though, in the Super Bowl he threw five interceptions which pretty much cost us the game. All the blame can't be put on him though, Bill Callahan's offense was essentially Jon Gruden's, who's Tampa Bay Buc's won the game. After the Super Bowl Gannon struggled with injuries, a helmet to helmet hit by Derrick Brooks ultimately ended his career in 2004.
Honorable mention: Kerry Collins
I'm sure this isn't the most popular choice, but he is really the only other QB to put up decent numbers. He was brought in, in 2004 when Norv Turner took over. In his two years with Oakland he passed for over 7,0000 yardsw with 41 touchdowns.
Running Back: Justin Fargas
Better known as the crash test dummy, Fargas has been one of the few mainstays in Oakland. Drafted in 2003, his career started a little slow, but picked up steam very fast. Justin is a Raider Nation favorite for his hard play and dedication to the team. Fargas' best year came in 2007 when he rushed for 1,009 yards. Fargas continues to play hard, even though his teams have never won more than five games. His loyalty to the Silver and Black is second to none.
Honorable Mention: Tyrone Wheatley
Wheatley joined the Raiders in 1999 after a somewhat disappointing tenure with the Giants, and played in Oakland through 2004. Tyrone lead Oakland in rushing three times and scored 37 total touchdowns. He and Charlie Garner combined for one of the most feared back fields in the league.
Fullback: Jon Ritchie
This guy was a true Raider. Ritchie was with the team from '98 till '02. Known for the blood that dripped down his face during every game, Ritchie always gave 110%. Jon rarely ran with the ball, but managed to find the endzone a few times catching passes out of the back field. The stats don't tell the story with this guy, he was one of the best fullbacks in the league during his time with the Raiders. Since leaving the team he has spoken nothing but good about his time in Oakland.
Honorable Mention: Zack Crockett
He should actually probably be the top fullback on this list, he had 36 touchdowns while in the Silver and Black. Whenever one yard was needed he got three. Possibly the best short yardage back to ever play for the Raiders. Ritchie being the starter was a tough choice, but you can't beat that picture.
Wide Receivers: Tim Brown and Jerry Rice
Tim Brown is Mr. Raider and Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver in the history of the game. These two may have been at the end of there careers in the 2000's, but you would never know it by the way they played. Brown was drafted by the team in '89 and Rice signed as a free agent in '01. The two accounted for over 7,000 receiving yards and 42 TD's for Oakland this decade. Both are eligible for the Hall of Fame this year and they are both sure thing HOFer's, Rice will be first ballot, Timmy might have to wait a year or two. These two guys may be the most talented players to ever wear the Silver and Black.
Honorable Mention: Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry
Porter may have fell out of favor with Raider Nation towards the end of his time in Oakland, but the numbers don't lie. In his eight years with the team he had nearly 4,000 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns. Ronald Curry was seventh round draft pick 2002 out of North Carolina where he was the starting QB. The Raiders moved him to wide receiver and he thrived, catching 193 balls for 2,347 yards and 13 TD's. Curry also caught one of the most amazing touchdown in Raider history against Denver in the snow (youtube it).
Dishonorable Mention: Randy Moss
Terrible teammate, cry baby, enough said....
Tight End: Zach Miller
Miller was drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft, out of Arizona State. During his time with the Raiders he has by far, been the most consistent player on offense. Miller has been the leading receiver in Oakland every year he has been there, his also an outstanding blocker. Perhaps if the Raiders had been better the last few years he would be a Pro-Bowler, but his efforts are often overlooked due to the teams poor performance.
Honorable Mention: Doug Jolley
Never had great numbers, but i always liked him.
Center: Jake Grove
Who'd you think i was gonna say? Barrett Robbins? Grove was drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft. He started 56 of his 64 games in Oakland and was very dependable. Unfortunately, his stellar play made him a hot commodity and he left this season for a big pay check in Miami.
Guards: Steve Wisniewski and Robert Gallery
This will probably be my most scrutinized position. The Wiz gets the nod simply because, he's the Wiz! He was drafted by Dallas and was traded to the Raiders right away. He was a 13 year career Raider, eight-time Pro-bowler, and should be in the Hall of Fame. He may have only played two years this decade but he is the man.
Gallery was the number two overall pick in 2004 and was said to be one of the best lineman to ever come out of college. He started as a Left Tackle, but struggled. After bouncing around on the line he settled in at Right Guard and is one of the best in the league. I know a lot of you may not like this choice but he is an Iowa boy, and so am I.
Tackles: Lincoln Kennedy and Barry Sims
Lincoln Kennedy came to Oakland in '96 and stayed through '04, and was one of the best Right Tackles in the game. Kennedy earned three Pro-Bowl selections during the decade and was All-Pro twice. He was as solid of a Raider lineman as there ever was.
Barry Sims played with the Raiders from '99 to '07 and spent most of his time protecting Raider QB's blindside. He and Kennedy were the two starting tackles for the Super Bowl XXXVII.
Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
He is literally the only option here. Good 'ol Sebastian has only missed 3 games since being drafted in the first round in 2000. He has a 77.9% average, but has been asked to kick many 50+ yard FG's. Most notably his 76 yard attempt in '08. I've seen this guy hit half-way up the upright on a 64 yard attempt. Simply put, this lefty has the strongest leg in the league. He set the Raider record for longest FG with a 57 yarder to beat the Jets in overtime last year. He also is Oakland all-time leading scorer. Sea Bass is another guy that fits into the Old-School Raider mold. What makes him more impresive, is that he is probably drunk or high for 90% of his kicks!
Ha ha, just kidding Sea Bass, we love ya.
Well that's it for the offensive. I'm sure you all have your two-cents to say about it. Keep your eyes open for the Defensive All-Decade team, coming soon